Qlik has acquired Industrial CodeBox, the company behind QVSource, which allows Qlik Sense and QlikView users to include data from cloud-based sources such as social media, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, and other web-based APIs into their applications for deeper levels of insight.
A Qlik partner since 2011, QVSource provides over 40 out-of-the-box connectors to specific applications within popular Web-based services such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google, as well as cloud-based applications including Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and SugarCRM.
With this acquisition, Qlik enhances the time to value and ROI of the Qlik visual analytics platform by enabling customers to quickly setup and include data from cloud-based sources to gain even greater insights.
The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Today, most businesses rely heavily on web apps and cloud-based services such as Google Analytics and Salesforce.com. Along with the prominence of social media platforms as communications tools, this trend means that an ever increasing amount of a company’s data is being stored online by service providers.
As Eeterprise data discovery momentum has increased, a growing number of Qlik customers need to have one solution that includes cloud-based services in order to see the whole story in their data. Qlik Connectors can now intuitively communicate with the growing number of online services and data sources, in addition to on-premise databases, applications, spreadsheets and custom sources.
All of this data can be fed into the Qlik visual analytics platform, where users can then analyse the combined external and internal data.
Data resides in increasingly disparate locations, with more and more on-premise operational systems being replaced with cloud services – even at the enterprise level. Leverging Qlik’s associative model, Qlik Connectors can now dynamically mine social media and cloud-based applications and automatically feed it into the Qlik visual analytics platform to give customers a richer view of business performance. The data can also be enriched as it is being retrieved, so for example, a Tweet or Facebook post can be analysed for its sentiment.
With the Qlik Connectors, customers can also automate and schedule the regularity with which data is imported into the Qlik visual analytics platform. This radically improves the consistency of data analysis, and empowers users to make informed business decisions in near realtime.
“Industrial CodeBox and its QVSource application fit squarely in our acquisition strategy as tuck-in technology that enhances the value of Qlik solutions to our customers,” says Anthony Deighton, chief technology officer of Qlik. “This is a great way to accelerate data preparation and expand our cloud-based offerings to meet customer needs.”
Industrial CodeBox developed integrations to the Qlik visual analytics platform as a technology partner and currently has hundreds of Qlik customers using their products. All released QVSource connectors will continue to be supported and will soon be rebranded under the name Qlik Connectors.